The mediaeval church that rises above Godshill has an elegiac quality that appeals to me and always draws me up the hill to see it whenever I pass through the village. Known as All Saints Church it is dedicated to St Lawrence and is famous for its mediaeval wall painting of a lily crucifix – one of only two in all of Europe. The painting was apparently whitewashed over, to prevent its being destroyed during the Reformation and was only rediscovered late in the 19th century. Alas, it is on the wall of a transept which is kept locked and so although I can see it by craning my head, it is not readily photographed. I shall have to visit the church sometime when the caretaker is about.
The church also has stained glass windows by William Morris.
I especially like wandering amongst the gravestones in the churchyard with their intriguing death’s heads and cherubs and elaborate inscriptions.
I was fortunate enough to come up to the churchyard in the fragile evening light and captured this elegiac image of the church and its graveyard – an image that appealed to the editors of MMM – Monnaie Must Magazine – the publication of La Monnaie, the Royal Brussels Opera. They used it to illustrate an article on Antonin Dvorak’s Requiem. If you can read French you can read the story here (It is on p.57)